black and white collage with ink drawing, cira early 90s by John Digby
Playlist: Cathy Callis and Poems About Music 6/24/2011

Cathy Callis
Cathy Callis

Cathy Callis is an award-winning pianist, teacher, coach and consultant. She serves on the music faculty of Queens College and Hofstra University, and is an independent piano teacher on Long Island.  A grand prize winner of the International Recording Competition sponsored by the American College of Musicians for a performance of George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Dr. Callis is an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, an artist for the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts in Education, and a recipient of a Performer’s Certificate and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music. A performance at Steinway Hall, New York City, was highly acclaimed for both her musical performance and for her commentary on the traditional listening experience and musical perception.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle wrote “Cathy Callis turns technique into musical gold.”

Richard Bronson
Richard Bronson
Richard Bronson is on the faculty of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics at Stony Brook. He serves on the Boards of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and the Long Island Poetry Collective. Bronson has won the 2003 poetry prize of the American College of Physicians and the 2005 prize of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society. His poems have appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Annals of Internal Medicine

Sandy McIntosh
Sandy McIntosh
Sandy McIntosh is the publisher of Marsh Hawk Press. His newest poetry collection is Ernesta, In the Style of the Flamenco. He is also the author of 237 More Reasons to Have Sex (with Denise Duhamel), and Forty-Nine Guaranteed Ways To Escape Death. His poetry and essays have been published in The New York Times, Newsday, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, and American Book Review. His original poetry in a film script won the Silver Medal in the Film Festival of the Americas. He was for a decade Managing Editor of Confrontation magazine.

Annabelle Moseley
Annabelle Moseley
String Poet Founder and Editor Annabelle Moseley is an award-winning poet and author. She became the first Writer in Residence of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association from 2009-2010. She has published five chapbooks of poetry, a young adult fiction novel, and a children’s book of hero fables. Her first full-length poetry manuscript, titled The Clock of the Long Now : Time Travel in Verse, has been selected for publication in early 2012 by WordTech Communications, under the David Robert Books imprint.

Pramila Venkateswaran
Pramila Venkateswaran
Pramila Venkateswaran is the author of Thirtha (Yuganta Press, 2002), Behind Dark Waters (Plain View Press, 2008), and Draw Me Inmost (Stockport Flats, 2009). An award-winning poet, she has performed her poems internationally, most recently in the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, and Socialism and Democracy. She is an Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College. She plays the violin and sings Indian classical music.
Flamenco at the Long Island Violin Shop

Here are photos and video clips from our “Flamenco!” Fourth Friday Studio Series event, which took place on Feb. 25th, 2011 at the Long Island Violin Shop.

Sandy McIntosh at the Fourth Friday Studio Series

"Learning to Dance" by Annabelle Moseley

"Duende", by Annabelle Moseley

Our evening began with Annabelle Moseley reading her poem “Spanish Guitar”, accompanied by Gerry Saulter.  Gerry then continued with a set of pieces on guitar, in a Spanish style.

The focus of the evening then shifted to Flamenco-influenced poetry.  Sandy Mcintosh introduced his book, Ernesta: in the Style of the Flamenco, and read the opening half. After the intermission, which involved mingling, refreshments, and some tasty treats from Reinwalds Bakery, Sandy continued Ernesta.

Annabelle then took the podium, and read a selection of her Flamenco poems from Artifacts of Sound, including “They Arrive From Spain,” “Learning to Dance”, “Calo,” and “Duende”.

The evening concluded with an open mic performance.


Our inaugural event on Friday, January 28th was a great success! The evening began with host Annabelle Moseley welcoming the crowd to the debut of the Fourth Friday Studio Series, then introducing Gerry Saulter of Serenade Duo. Gerry played a selection of guitar pieces from Shakespeare’s time period, focusing on the composer John Dowland. Following this, Richard Bronson and Graham Everett read from their works of poetry, each closing with his favorite quote from Shakespeare. Annabelle Moseley recited Sonnet 147; then at the request of Serenade Duo, read the lyrics of a few John Dowland songs (1562-1626), which were then performed by Gerry Saulter and Michelle LaPorte. The evening continued with the poetry of Gladys Henderson and Gayl Teller, and their favorite lines of the Bard. Serenade Duo delighted the crowd one last time before the open mic.